NCAA recruiting can turn into a circus for big name recruits, but Wilson catcher Chris Betts has decided to avoid the big top and double talk from interested parties.  The sophomore verbally committed to the University of Tennessee yesterday and plans to sign on with the Volunteers as a high school senior in 2015.

"UT makes me feel at home," said Betts of his experience in Knoxville and with baseball head coach Dave Serrano.  "The town is great and the way the program is run by (Serrano) is a good fit.  His reputation is comforting."

2013 will be Serrano's second season on the job after going 24-31overall and 8-22 in the SEC last year.  The Southern California native and his Vols did have marquee upsets over No. Kentucky and No. 4 Florida while 63,084 Big Orange fans clicked the turnstiles, the second-highest total in school history.  Serrano, 47, served as the head coach of the 2012 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team which he led to a 12-5 record and a bronze medal at Honkbal Week in the Netherlands.  [Read More On Serrano]

"I had already received some offers from other schools," said Betts.  "I haven't seen a coaching staff that meshes quite like the five coaches at Tennessee."

Betts made a national name for himself as a member of the Under-14 USA National team at the COPADE Pan Am games.  CLICK HERE for our feature about Betts.  The young catcher will be back with the Bruins this season to help Wilson get back on top of the Moore League.  Stay tuned to Gazettes Sports to follow all of the local baseball news, videos and photos.

JJ Fiddler has been covering Southern California prep and college sports for nearly a decade. He has worked for multiple publications in the area, including the Orange County Register.

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Great Decision Chris! Now stay healthy, keep working hard and enjoy the ride......................... 807

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That's my Lugnut!

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I don't recall making any commitments of this magnitude when I was a tenth grader. I wonder if this young fellow realizes that his verbal does not preclude schools from continuing to recruit him.


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